Oh wow! I'm not usually a fan of short stories but this one grabbed me by the throat. I had goosebumps for almost the whole story and my breath caught in my throat several times. It felt much longer than it was (in the best way! :) and I swear I was Loren for the duration. What a perfect response to that prompt and photo! The story felt complete as it was, but I'd love to spend more time in that world and get to know them better.